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THE SECOND PART.
P. 28, 1. 5.
These still exist, fc. There is a future Existence even in this world, an Existence in the hearts and minds of those who shall live after us. It is in reserve for every man, however obscure; and his portion, if he be diligent, must be equal to his desires. For in whose remembrance can we wish to hold a place, but such as know, and are known by us? These are within the sphere of our influence, and among
these and their descendants we may live for evermore.
It is a state of rewards and punishments; and, like that revealed to us in the Gospel, has the happiest influence on our lives. The latter excites us to gain the favour of God, the former to gain the love and esteem of wise and good men; and both lead to the same end ; for, in framing our conceptions of the Deity, we only ascribe to Him exalted degrees of Wisdom and Goodness.
P. 31, l. 19. Yet still how sweet the soothings of his art! The astronomer chalking his figures on the wall, in Hogarth's view of Bedlam, is an admirable exemplification of this idea. See the Rake's PROGRESS, plate 8.
P. 32, 1. 11. Turns but to start, and gazes but to sigh! The following stanzas are said to have been written on a blank leaf of this Poem. They present so affecting a reverse of the picture, that I cannot resist the opportunity of introducing them here.
Pleasures of Memory !-oh! supremely blest,
And justly proud beyond a Poet's praise ;
By me how envied !—for to me,
By sighs, and tears, and grief alone:
Of fair occasions gone for ever by;
For what, except the instinctive fear
What, but the deep inherent dread,
P. 34, 1. 9. Hast thou thro' Eden's wild-wood vales pursued
On the road-side between Penrith and Appleby there stands a small pillar with this inscription :
“ This pillar was erected in the year 1656, by Ann Countess Dowager of Pembroke, &c. for a memorial of her last parting, in this place, with her good and pious mother, Margaret, Countess Dowager of Cumberland, on the 2d of April, 1616; in memory whereof she hath left an annuity of 41. to be distributed to the poor of the parish of Brougham, every 2d day of April for ever, upon the stone-table placed hard by. Laus Deo!”
The Eden is the principal river of Cumberland, and rises in the wildest part of Westmoreland.
P. 34, 1. 20. O'er his dead son the gallant ORMOND sighed. “I would not exchange my dead son,” said he, “ for any living son in Christendom.”
Hume. The same sentiment is inscribed on an urn at the Leasowes. “ Heu, quanto minus est cum reliquis versari, quam tui meminisse!"
P. 40, 1. 7. Down by St. Herbert's consecrated grove ; A small island covered with trees, among which were formerly the ruins of a religious house.
P. 41, l. 15. When lo! a sudden blast the vessel blew, In a mountain-lake the agitations are often violent and momentary. The winds blow in gusts and eddies ; and the water no sooner swells, than it subsides.
See Bourn's Hist. of Westmoreland.
P. 42, 1. 21. To what pure beings, in a nobler sphere, The several degrees of angels may probably have larger views, and some of them be endowed with capacities able to retain together, and constantly set before them, as in one picture, all their past knowledge at once.